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American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed English (SE)
Series 3 Lesson 8 Everyday Phrases
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
Nov. 20, 2001

Wave your upward pointing index finger left and right as if panning the space before you.
Place both hands in L shapes on front hips. Then move hands simultaneously up the body's torso, stopping at the upper chest level.
Point in the direction of where someone is located. If no one is there, point to an imaginary person.
Where
live
you



Where do you live?


picture to show how to sign ' phone'
picture to show how to sign ' number'
Use the index finger of the right hand to pass over the palm of the left open hand (fingers tightly close) from the base of the index finger to the base of the little finger.
Phone
number
what



What is your phone number?


have
T T Y
have


Do you have TTY?
Note: TTY (Text Telephone Relay) is a relay system which enables hearing impaired persons to make phone calls. The deaf person types a message which a hearing person (relay operator) hears and then relays/speaks to a person on the other end.
 
 
Point to self.
Bring both hands together as a hands, touching palms at the end of the motion.
Me
with


May I go with you?


Make a single downward motion with the right h hand to sit on the left  hand's h. Both hands should have palms down.
Use right hand, flat, fingers together. Rub in a circular motion mid-chest.
 Sit 
please
.
Be seated, please.


Signs
Description of Sign Action


have
Place fingertips of both hands, palms bent back toward wrists, on the chest to indicate possession.
live
Place both hands in "L" shapes on front hips. Then move hands simultaneously up the body's torso, stopping at the upper chest level.
me
Point to self, mid-chest.
number
Touch fingertips of two "O" hands and move them forward and backward in opposition on to the other.
phone
Hold a "y" hand to the side of the head, much as you would a telephone receiver.
please
Use right hand, flat, fingers together. Rub in a circular motion mid-chest.
sit
Using "h" hands, "sit" the right "h" hand on the top of the left "h" hand, palms facing downward.
TTY
Fingerspell these initials
what
Use the index finger of the right hand to pass over the palm of the left open hand (fingers tightly close) from the base of the index finger to the base of the little finger.
where
Wave your upward pointing index finger left and right as if panning the space before you.
with
Bring both hands together as "a" hands, touching palms at the end of the motion.
you
Point in the direction of where someone is located. If no one is there, point to an "imaginary" person.

Continue to Lesson 9: Past Tense
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Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider entered the classroom as a special education teacher in the 1970's. Since then, she has taught mainstream English Grammar, Literature, music K-12, deaf education, psychology, Algebra, creative writing, social studies, law, and science in both public and private schools. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for multiple educational publishers and is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor, a lesson plan website found at http://www.lessontutor.com. Her most recent books, 52 Children's Moments (Synergy Publications) and Taking Hearing Impairment to School (JayJo Books and the Guidance Channel) can be found at Amazon.com. She is currently working on a project with Pearson Prentice Hall as an author of an on-line teacher's professional development course for the Council for Exceptional Children.
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